Western Plastics (www.wplastic.com), a division of the Scott Fetzer Corporation, now offers thermoset injection molding at its Portland, TN plant. The company has purchased two 330-ton Bucher thermoset molding machines, which it will use to process bulk molding compounds from BMC Inc. The thermoset capabilities will primarily enable the company to tackle applications currently done with die cast aluminum.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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